There's not much difference between 5.5 and CS5 when it comes to the basics of animating basic lines except that Adobe has added things like Shape layers that can make it much easier. I don't know of any good alternative to Motion/AE on the PC, but this [link] might help your AE learning curve go away. This [link] certainly will.
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